Role of a Community Advisory Board in Strengthening the Person-Context Relationship for a Positive Youth Development (PYD) Intervention with Latino Immigrant Youth
The Adelante project is a collaborative multi-level intervention addressing substance abuse, violence and sex risk among youth in a Latino immigrant community. Adelante is a key activity within a health disparities exploratory research center funded by the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD). There are multiple collaborative relationships involved in this intervention: The university-community partnership, the relationship between this partnership and members of a local county initiative (Transforming Neighborhoods Initiative), and the relationship between the Adelante intervention and a Community Advisory Board (CAB). The latter is the focus of this paper. Adelante is based on a modified positive youth development (PYD) approach; thus it centers on the promotion of multiple developmental assets as a prevention strategy. Moreover, asset promotion should occur as part of an integrated, ecological strategy that builds the person-context relationship, involving the “marshalling of developmental assets” within the community. In order to operationalize this aspect of PYD, we recruited a CAB from multiple constituencies to represent these developmental assets. Then, we instituted a systematic process for linking youth and adults who complete any Adelante skill and knowledge-building activity to CAB members who can incorporate these individuals in order to: 1) build community capacity (e.g., individuals serving as peer educators, trainers, leaders); or 2) provide direct benefit to the youth or adult via an internship, paid position, recommendation, or referral to a paid position. Data are collected on the number and types of community linkages created, with analysis conducted correlating linkages to outcomes.
Diversity and culture
Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs
Public health or related research
Describe the community collaborative aspect of a positive youth development (PYD) approach adapted for a marginalized Latino immigrant community.
Explain the role of the Community Advisory Board (CAB) in building positive developmental assets.
3. Describe the process for systematic linkages between Adelante participants and the CAB, and for evaluating prevention outcomes.
Keyword(s): Community-Based Partnership & Collaboration
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Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am the Director of the Avance Center for the Advancement of Immigrant/Refugee Health through which the intervention described is implemented.
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